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Cambridge’s golden sporting age: a tradition unshared?

6pm - 7pm Saturday 12 September
The recording will be then be available for viewing until 6pm Sunday 13 September

Nigel Fenner proposes that Cambridge had a golden sporting age, at its height from the 1840s to the 1870s. 

He focuses on football, boxing and cricket, exploring the impact of student patronage, and, shared with the Town, a love of gambling, and an acceptance to ‘play alongside each other’.

Nigel uses the experience of his close relative Frank Fenner in founding Fenner’s Cricket ground, and the likely reasons why he left Cambridge, to understand why the golden sporting age he helped shape, did not deliver an even greater legacy than it did.

“It was Cambridge’s honour to found a tradition without sharing it.”

Nigel Fenner trained as a teacher at Cambridge University where he also won his football Blue. He founded Cambridge Sports Tours in 2017, and is now writing a book on his Fenner relative in the context of a walk through Cambridge.

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